Today I turn 32 and my Blog turns 1.
One year ago today I launched this blog on my birthday! Last year I wrote about the 5 moments in my year that deserved a high five. I thought I would keep the tradition going and sum up my year just gone packaging them up nicely in 3 easy to use sub-headings.
The Roller Derby
To be honest this should have its own complete chapter of high fives, because really, my life pretty much revolves around this ridiculous sport and there have been SO many moments worth mentioning… so I’m just going to rattle a few of them off.
Attended 2 VRDL bootcamps | Joining Northside Rollers and obtaining an instant family | Passing my Green Star | Easter Scrimmage Extravaganza | Meeting Bonnie D’Stroir and attending her bootcamp | Playing with EVRD in the Debutante Brawl in my first bout in Victoria | Getting drafted to the Death Stars | Playing (and winning) my first bout as a Death Star against Bendigo’s Chiko Rollers | The Great Southern Slam | Playing my old league at TGSS – Murder City Roller Girls | Winning both games at TGSS | TGSS after party | Joining our Executive Committee as League Secretary | Travelling to Wollongong to play Steel City Derby Dolls | Planking | Being voted in as Alternate Captain of our newly formed league team the Pulp Vixens | Getting my mug in the paper | Winning our first home team bout against the Sisters of Anarchy | Winning the after party | Being voted in as Alternate Captain of our travel team the Death Stars | Having a Derby Photoshoot | Playing against the VRDL Gold Lions (as Alt Capt) in Rosebud | Getting a new derby wife | Playing against SSRD The Banshees and WINNING (as Alt Capt) | Watching a banked track game between LA Derby Dolls and Gotham!! and High fiving ALL of the skaters: Suzy Hotrod!! and Bonnie Thunders!! | Bootcamp with Jackie Daniels and hanging out with her and Demanda Riot | Plenty of bouts watched and many derby laughs had!
Ok… that was more then a few… but C’MON!! if you read this blog at all, 95% of the time derby is all I write about, because the other 5% of the time I am squeezing in work, sleep and time with the Civilian. This year has been an epic one. So many really REALLY awesome things, even more then what I listed above!
I think the main thing I will take away from this year is that I do still love this sport. Even with it’s disappointing, stressful, hukling-out moments (yes, there were also plenty of those this year!). I am very thankful I started skating with my league, they are my family now! I have made some really amazing (lifelong) friends. It might be a ridiculous sport, but it’s still one that’s pretty fucking awesome!
The Family + The Friends
Oh Gosh I have an awesome family! My nephew turned 1 back in March so we went across to South Australia to celebrate. He’s growing up so fast, and I’m bummed that I’m not super close (geographically) to my sister to get extra cuddle-time with him! But man he’s a cool little dude!
We were back over there again in October for my mum’s 60th! I hadn’t laughed so hard in ages at that party! We’re such a hilarious bunch (even if
we I do say myself!!). My parents also came and visited us prior to that to see a bit of where we’ve moved too. Wasn’t the best weather when they were here, but they went to a couple of footy games and we even met up with some old 70s rockers!
We had quite a few friends come visit us from Adelaide. At the start of the year I had a house full of derby girls all visiting at once. Also my buddies Darren and Kylie came over from Tasmania. UK Emma came for a visit TWICE! before she headed back home from her stint working in Sydney. Highlight of her visit was us attending the Neighbours Night down at St Kilda and meeting Dr Karl. Yes, THE Dr Karl!… read about all the shenanigans of that night HERE!
The Spirit of Adventure.
I had sporadic work this year so we didn’t plan too many vacations. But we did head to the Falls Creek for a week in the snow. That was a blast! It was such an intense week. I struggled to maintain the momentum of skiing everyday, and quite enjoyed sitting in the spa (or bar!) instead and just relaxing. It definitely was a workout for the muscles and I probably took a week to recover from it. Also, hot tip, ALWAYS remember that you are not wearing knee-pads when “taking a knee” on tightly packed ice, it just ain’t cool bro! 🙂
Other than that, trying to fit in a free day between all my derby commitments is sometimes tricky. We went for a few bike (push bike AND motor bike) rides at the start of the year when the weather was still sunny. Hopefully we can get out a few more times before the year is out. I predict we’ll be spending quite a few more days down in Mornington at the beach… especially because there is a new jet ski in the mix that all the Outlaws want a turn on.
I don’t think we have many big trips planned for next year… I think it’ll be 2014 before we hit the skies for another overseas adventure.
So yes, was quite a ride this year adjusting to my new life in Melbourne, it did fly by pretty quick. Soon the calendar will turn over to the new year (I call your bluff Mayans!!) and hopefully some new, exciting adventures will come my way!
High five to that!